Premiere: Emmanuel Speaks | #WDYM
Wordsmith Emmanuel Speaks, usually known for his poetry, has released the second single from his up-coming album 'The Composer'. WDYM co-produced by Shemzy and RBKeyz is a fun, light hearted single, off the back of Jay Z's, titled Girls, Girls, Girls, but with somewhat of a modern day twist. We hear Emmanuel speak very tongue-n-cheek on relations with various women from various backgrounds, with lyrics mostly focusing on wordplay, irony and stereotype. The video directed by Russell Owen matches this fun styles.
There is, however, a purposeful context to the song. Emmanuel says on the single,
"Many of us have seen and heard the long-standing joke on social media, regarding young men using this exact phrase [what do you mean?] to wriggle out of remaining accountable to their partners when questioned. I’ll be the first to admit that the only reason I found the joke funny was because I could relate. I spent the latter part of my teenage years, running from accountability and commitment with women, and I’m still trying to work out why. I think it’s something to do with the way we’ve been conditioned, growing up. The environment we’ve been raised in doesn’t accommodate for expression or feelings. We’ve perpetuated this within our friendship groups, and have become young men who fail to recognise the value of women, or the consequences of our words and actions. Maybe we don’t value ourselves. Maybe that’s why our rap lyrics are full of misogyny and arrogance. Maybe we don’t understand the real concept of value, so seek it in the wrong places."
WDYM is the vocalised conflict of a young casanova, growing into a man who is learning to be better.